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15th August is a memorable day for every Indian. This is the day when India got freedom from the British
rule. The day is celebrated throughout India with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. You can hear patriotic
songs and see Indian National flags everywhere to mark the occasion. Key attractions of Independence Day are the flag hoisting ceremony and Prime Minister’s speech at Red Fort, New Delhi followed by parade and pageants showcasing events from the struggle for independence to the cultural traditions of the country.
Similar events take place in state capitals where the Chief Ministers of individual states unfurl the national flag, and parades and pageants follow.
Independence Day Celebrations in Schools
Schools and Colleges open up for a few hours in the morning to follow the tradition of hoisting the National Flag, singing the National Anthem, followed by parades, and sometimes even house competitions such as “patriotic song singing”, “skits on freedom fighters”, “folk dances from different states”, etc.
Younger kids are educated about the freedom struggle, and are encouraged to dress up in tri-color (saffron, white and green). Recitation competitions are held.
For elder kids, various competitions like Debates, etc. are held on topics like “India – before and after Independence”, “India – 65 years after Independence”, “India – 50 years from now”, and more.
It is important to make your kids aware of Independence Day and the sacrifices our leaders made to
achieve independence for us. This is a great opportunity to spend some time with them and talk about
our struggle for independence. Some of the things to do on Independence Day are
Hoist the Indian Flag on your roof tops or plan a flag hoisting ceremony at a common park with your neighbors.
Organize cultural events on this day in your society, complete with patriotic songs, national anthem and Jai Hind!
Independence day quiz – plan a quiz on independence day for kids. Give away books on freedom struggle and freedom fighters as prizes.
Throw an Independence Day Party – you can plan a Potluck party, where all guests can bring some side dishes to share.
Plan to watch an Independence day movie with kids and tell them about the sacrifices our
leaders made to get freedom. Kargil LOC, Border, lakshya are some good Independence Day movies.
Play Independence Day songs. (See below for the list of most famous Independence Day songs)
Wear Outfits having either one or all the three colours of the national flag — saffron, green and white.
Use food colours to make savouries and delicacies resembling the tri-colour
Paint the tri-color of the National Flag on a cheek to show your pride and patriotism.
Kite flying activity is considered symbolic of our freedom. Hence, the evening sky is filled with kites on this day.